Like in other manufacturing processes, outsourcing component manufacturing is often beneficial to woodworking businesses. It enables the business to specialize on the processes it is good at, while reducing the cost on those that are someone else’s specialty. As a result, woodworking manufacturers can expand their offering, increase efficiency and simplify onboarding of new employees. Woodworking shops typically buy dimension products from someone else. Clear communication of expectations is the key to obtaining exactly the products you need from the supplier. Tolerances, typical use and the minimum order quantities should be addressed in advance to avoid misunderstandings. Once a good relationship is established, it is not uncommon for woodworking shops to use the same supplier for multiple projects.
- Outsourcing wood components can help improve productivity and expand product offerings.
- There are three classifications for dimension products: rough, semi-machined and fully mechanized.
- Visit WCMA.com for a list of members and their product offerings, contact information and location.
“The secret to buying dimension products is communication. Tell your dimension suppliers exactly how the part is going to be used in your finished product.”